spiny dogfish, spiky dogfish, spurdog, white spotted spurdog
A small shark with grey to bluish grey on the back and white on the belly. They have pale white spots on flanks when younger and two spines on the dorsal fins.
These sharks are vulnerable to overfishing as they are a long lived species, with the time taken to reach sexual maturity between 10 to 25 years and a long gestational period of up to two years.
Do not take in shark refuge areas.
The dorsal and pectoral fins must remain attached to all shark until they are landed.
Whitespotted dogfish are found on sandy bottom all around Tasmania from 1-600 metres depth.
These small sharks are sometimes found in large numbers in the recreational rod and line fishery for flathead in Bass Strait but are not normally retained due to their small size and coarse eating quality. Fishers are advised to catch and release this species even when there appear to be large numbers of them.
Dogfish have two sharp spines on their dorsal fins and fishers need to take care when handling. Fishers may confuse this species with a gummy shark at first, only to be stung by the spine barbs when attempting to release the hook.
Produces small, white, coarse fillets that are not widely popular in Tasmania.
Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
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